Local doctor helps babies with birth defects - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

4/29/10

Local doctor helps babies with birth defects

By Karin McCay| email

Edited by Kristin Beerman | email 

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) – As many as one in 500 babies will be born with a cleft lip or cleft palate or both.  Usually, the diagnosis comes during pregnancy because doctors can see it on an ultrasound, but sometimes, it's a surprise when the baby is born.  Dr. Josh Demke, a surgeon at Texas Tech, says even though parents are devastated at first, but the long-term outlook for these kids today is very exciting.

"I mean that's one of the most rewarding things to me is being able to take something that may not be that big of a health defect in terms of other things that are far more severe, but it certainly is very devastating in terms of you know, we unjustly judge people by the way they look and so to be able to fix someone and make them look a lot more like their normal self I think is rewarding for me as a surgeon and for the families," said Dr. Demke.

Which is why Dr. Demke says he is planning a trip to the Philippines in the near future to provide that surgery free to patients there who have had no access to that kind of health care and we wish him well.

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